On the surface, Magic Mike seems like a gratuitous story of a male stripper played by Channing Tatum with lots of exposed flesh. While the R-rated Steven Soderbergh-directed movie shows plenty of skin, it goes deeper than the four performance numbers in the film and the movie’s trailer suggest.
Critics have given mostly positive reviews to the film, often comparing it to 1997’s similarly-themed Boogie Nights. The movie is combination of the life story of Mike Zeman and Tatum’s brief stint as a male stripper in Miami before hitting it big as an actor. The cast is rounded out by Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Cody Horn, and Joe Manganiello.